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World of Love | Canada - Alberta

What happens when the man is as tempting as the money? 

Remy Delacour’s family doesn’t believe in mainstream medicine, and when Remy’s boyfriend reveals that Remy is majoring in nursing, they cut him off. He has to find money to finish his education—fast. And he is so done with boyfriends. 

Levi Aronson met the guy of his dreams and followed him to Australia. He knew the chances for a lasting romance were slim—and boy, was he right. Now he’s back in Canada, a year behind in his university program, and short of funds. He needs money, not another man. 

Tree planting is a way to make a lot of money fast, but it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. When Levi, an experienced planter, sees pretty, sloe-eyed Remy, Levi is certain he’ll never last. 

They’ll have to pry Remy’s shovel from his cold, stiff fingers, because he won’t quit—or let anything take his eyes off the prize. When a storm brings Remy and Levi together, each finds the other a distraction from the big goal. But can anything develop between two men who have sworn off relationships?

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise? 

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free. 

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night. 

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives….

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Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job. 

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

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Train to Somewhere

Before… and After

A Before… and After Story

It was only a game. Wasn’t it?

At a party one night, Charlie Dean’s childhood friend Will Tucker accepts a dare and dresses up as a girl: clothes, hair, makeup. Seeing Will that way incites a riot of confused emotions in Charlie—and he responds by lashing out. He never meant to hurt Will, and now he must do some serious damage control.

During a school trip by train, Charlie and Will share a sleeper cabin. Charlie intends to mend fences, while Will figures it’s as good a time as any to broach the subjects of attraction and sexuality. They want to get their relationship back on track. But after the secrets they both reveal, their friendship can never be the same.

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Hope can be found in unexpected places.

Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.

Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.

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Connexion

Les Gardiens des Abysses

Les Gardiens des Abysses, numéro hors série

Marcus Roth est un grand avocat criminel le jour et un gardien, tueur de démons, la nuit, cependant il n’est qu’un des cinq gardiens… sans réelle importance pour quiconque, hormis Joseph Locke, son foyer. Du moins, c’est ce que croit Marcus, à tort.

Lors d’un voyage à Lexington, dans le Kentucky, pour célébrer l’anniversaire du grand-père de Joe, cette conviction change quand Marcus découvre involontairement une implication paranormale et finit par révéler son identité de gardien à la famille de Joe. Faisant face à un traître, à des démons et au retour d’un vieil ennemi, Marcus doit mettre ses propres désirs de côté pour sauver ses amis – même si, en agissant ainsi, il risque de perdre l’homme qu’il aime inconditionnellement. Toutefois, survivre à l’épreuve pourrait ne pas suffire, si Marcus ne peut pas se pardonner et apprendre que son foyer, et le reste de son poing armé, ne peut pas se passer de lui.

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Il paradiso può diventare un inferno.

Per molti, rimanere bloccati a Ibiza, nella villa dell’armatore Miguel García Arquero, non sarebbe poi una tragedia. Ma Hudson Barber non la pensa così. Per lui, ritrovarsi senza passaporto, in un paese straniero tanto lontano da casa, è un incubo, reso peggiore dal fatto che ne è responsabile il suo inaffidabile gemello.

Non volendo denunciare Dalvon per furto d’identità, Hudson è costretto ad aspettare, e ne approfitta per occuparsi di alcune attività di Miguel che, a causa dell’inesperienza del fratello, sono sull’orlo del fallimento. Quegli affari in perdita sono però un dono dal cielo, perché se riuscisse a riportarle in attivo, Hudson potrebbe sfruttare quell’esperienza per finire il suo master in gestione d’impresa.

Quando Miguel torna a Ibiza, invece di trovare un toy boy scopre che Hudson ha trasformato la sua fredda villa in una casa calda e accogliente. Per Miguel non ci sono dubbi: deve convincere Hudson ad abbassare le sue difese per accogliere l’amore.

 

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Volleyball (Deutsch)

Seitenwechsel

Ein Titel der Seitenwechsel Serie

Eine doppelte Dosis Alphamann kann doch nicht schaden, oder?

David Underwood ist gerade erst einer Beziehung zu einem gewalttätigen Alphamann entkommen, da fällt sein Blick auf zwei heiße Mitglieder der australischen Beachvolleyball-Mannschaft, die am Strand von Laguna Beach Volleyball spielen. Und prompt muss er sich deren Beleidigungen anhören. Trotzdem erliegt er dem Charme von Gareth Marshall, der sich Davids wegen vor seinem Team outet. Nur einer macht ihnen das Leben zur Hölle: Edge, der nicht minder heiße Volleyballpartner von Gareth.

Gareth hat jahrelange Erfahrung darin, seine Sexualität vor seinen Mitmenschen und insbesondere vor Edge, zu dem er sich schon immer hingezogen fühlte, zu verheimlichen. David ist der erste Mann, der jemals mit Edge mithalten konnte und Gareth’ Leidenschaft weckte. Umso mehr leidet Gareth unter dem ablehnenden Verhalten seines alten Freundes. Doch Edge hat auch seine Geheimnisse, und Davids Ex ist ebenfalls nicht allzu glücklich, auf seinen Prügelknaben verzichten zu müssen. Alles scheint sich gegen David verschworen zu haben. Werden sie ihr Glück finden, er und sein Alphamann? Oder gar … er und seine Alphamänner?

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Smarrito lungo la strada

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Tre mesi dopo aver perso i genitori in un incidente d’auto, il meteorologo di Denver Daniel Whitaker fa ritorno a Laramie, Wyoming. È già abbastanza dura dover gestire un lutto e una relazione di quasi quindici anni ormai al capolinea, e quando trova la sua casa d’infanzia piena di cianfrusaglie, Daniel si trova ancora più in difficoltà. Per sistemare il disordine, chiede l’aiuto di Landon, l’attraente vicino dei suoi genitori. Landon Kushner è una miniera di contraddizioni. Costruisce sculture eoliche servendosi di rottami metallici e ama stare all’aria aperta, ma guida anche una Vespa verde menta e ha un’affinità per il lavoro a maglia e la chiaroveggenza. È stato amico dei genitori di Daniel per anni, ed è più che disposto a dare una mano.

Il loro piano è semplice: sistemare la casa affinché Daniel possa metterla in vendita e tornare alla sua vita a Denver. Ma quando Landon entra in possesso di uno strano ricettario, Daniel inizia a rendersi conto che l’universo, e Nonna B, potrebbero avere altri piani.

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Bryan fantasme sur les cow-boys depuis toujours. Il porte même un costume que son colocataire surnomme son « piège à cow-boy » quand il va à son club préféré, dans l’espoir d’attirer l’attention d’un véritable rancher. Le jour où Curtis lui offre une bière, Bryan n’a aucun doute que ça y est, c’est le bon. Mais pourront-ils aller plus loin qu’une simple nuit de sexe incroyable une fois que Bryan aura avoué à Curtis que la seule fois où il est monté à cheval, c’était un poney à une fête d’anniversaire, quand il était gosse ?

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De simples desserts

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine, numéro hors série

Boone Walton a fait de son mieux pour mettre de la distance entre son passé et lui. Il s’est investi dans sa nouvelle vie, sa galerie d’art à La Nouvelle-Orléans et son amitié avec Scott Wren. Les choses semblent enfin normales, et Boone ne pourrait pas être plus heureux.

Scott Wren, chef cuisinier, veut plus qu’une vie normale avec Boone. Il veut une vraie relation, mais Boone est terrifié – et pas à cause du fantôme qui hante l’appartement de Scott, ni même ses parents. Non, le passé de Boone s’apprête à lui rendre visite, et la seule chose qui pourrait se mettre entre Boone, Scott et la recette douteuse d’une mousse au chocolat trouvée dans un curieux livre de cuisine, serait la rivière de douleur que Boone a dû traverser pour arriver où il en est. Il y a cependant un secret derrière les ingrédients, un secret qui pourrait révéler l’amour et la confiance qui ont manqué dans la vie de Boone.

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Like Two Parting Seas

States of Love | Idaho

After two years of internet chats and crappy video calls, Nathan and Leonardo will finally meet face-to-face, and the anticipation is killing them both. Their slow-simmering desire to be together soon boils over as Nathan shows Leo around his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Witty conversation fills their days, passion fills their nights, and both young men know they belong in each other’s lives. But how can a romance, let alone a relationship, work when Nathan’s career is in Boise and Leo must soon return to his home in Italy? Since neither is ready to say goodbye to the budding love affair, they’re determined to find a solution before the end of Leo’s holiday.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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Bryan hat schon sein ganzes Leben lang heiße Fantasien von Cowboys. Er zieht sich sogar, wie sein Mitbewohner es nennt, ein „Cowboykostüm“ an, wenn er in seinen Lieblingsclub geht, in der Hoffnung, die Aufmerksamkeit eines echten Cowboys auf sich zu ziehen. Dann lädt ihn Curtis auf ein Bier ein, und Bryan zweifelt keinen Augenblick daran, dass er ein richtiges Original ist. Doch können sie mehr aus einer Nacht voll unglaublichem Sex machen, sobald Bryan Curtis gegenüber zugibt, dass das einzige Pferd, auf dem er je geritten ist, ein Pony auf einer Geburtstagsfeier war?

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Coasting

States of Love | Mississippi

What happens when you need something but don’t know what it is? Why not look in a place you never heard of?

Out and proud elementary school teacher Cal Hamilton thought he was happy in Philadelphia, but after a breakup, he steps back to reassess his life and discovers something is missing. He gets in his car and drives south with no idea what he hopes to find. The flip of a coin leads him to a small town in Mississippi—practically a different world from the city where he grew up.

Police officer Billy Labarre keeps his sexuality mostly to himself, but he knows just what he needs to fill the hole in his quiet small-town life: the right man. Unfortunately attitudes toward gay men still leave a lot to be desired in the rural South, and it’s hard to meet someone. It’s not likely his perfect match is just going to show up out of the blue….

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of Jamaica and break the ruthless man’s stranglehold in the Caribbean.

When Devon is wounded and stranded on land, an unlikely rescuer comes to his aid. Brett Campbell is nothing like his uncle, the governor, and his goals are not so different from Devon’s. Brett longs for freedom, but his obligations to protect those under his uncle’s control keep him from fleeing. Throwing in with Devon might increase both their chances of success—and survival.

When the governor’s attempts to destroy Devon escalate and place Brett in danger and in the hands of the ruthless and depraved pirate Captain Blackburn, Devon must risk everything to save the man he loves and repay his enemies.

All Devon’s ever wanted is his ship, his freedom, friends who stand by his side through thick and thin, and someone to love. But facing dangers at sea and on land, Devon wonders if they will live to enjoy it all.

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Quando, in una calda notte d’estate, Mason James si ferma per prestare soccorso, non sa ancora quali cambiamenti porterà quel semplice atto di gentilezza. Dopo aver dato un passaggio a casa a un uomo anziano, Mason scopre un mondo nuovo, magico e a tratti pericoloso, un mondo che non riesce a capire. Ma incontra anche Luc Toussaint, ed è passione a prima vista. Nemmeno il segreto che Luc custodisce potrà tenere Mason lontano dalla verità circa il suo passato e il loro amore.

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Wheat Kings and Pretty Things

World of Love | Canada - Saskatchewan

As soon as he graduated high school, Paul Thompson fled the tiny, heavily Ukrainian town of Liddon, Saskatchewan, for bigger and better things. Now in his late thirties, Paul owns a struggling art gallery in Toronto. His grandmother’s one-hundredth birthday is approaching, and Paul will return to place where he grew up for the first time since he left.

The town—and the province—don’t match Paul’s memories. Have they changed? Or has he? He reconnects with Dylan Shevchenko, an old friend who now teaches phys. ed. in Regina. When Paul learns his grandmother had an Aboriginal son he never knew about, he wonders what else he missed while he was away. Did he make the right choice all those years ago? He receives the rare opportunity to start over when he discovers a gallery for sale in Regina. He’s faced with a choice between his youthful dreams in the big city and making a life with Dylan in a place that somehow finally feels like home.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Klar wie Kloßbrühe

Geschichten aus dem Kuriosen Kochbuch

Eine Geschichte aus dem Kuriosen Kochbuch

Emmett Gant   hatte sich fest vorgenommen, seinem Vater eines Sonntags etwas sehr Wichtiges zu erzählen – doch sein Vater war gestorben, ehe er dazu kam. Jetzt, drei Jahre später, kann Emmett sich einfach nicht darüber klar werden, mit wem er zusammen sein soll – mit dem Mädchen mit den Apfelbäckchen und der wunderbaren Familie? Oder mit Keegan, seinem scharfzüngigen Nachbarn, der seine Familie nie besucht, aber Emmett sehr glücklich macht, wenn er nur auf einen Schwatz rüberkommt?

Emmett braucht Klarheit. 

Zu Emmetts Glück hat die Mutter seines besten Freundes ein Kochbuch, das ihm Erkenntnis und gutes Essen verspricht. Emmett ist fasziniert. Und als ihm das Kochbuch nach Hause folgt, beschließen Emmett und Keegan, das Rezept „Für Klarheit“ nachzukochen. Was sich daraus ergibt, ist einerseits völlig klar, aber andererseits auch ein bisschen überraschend – vor allem für Emmetts Freundin. Emmett wird ganz scharf über seine Vergangenheit und die wichtigen Dinge, die er seinem Vater zu sagen versäumt hat, nachdenken müssen, wenn er das Rezept für Liebe jemals richtig hinkriegen will. 

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